A sparrow watched in envy as she saw the other birds laying eggs.
Finally, she laid her first egg. And even though it was just one egg she laid, her heart filled with pride and joy.
She took utmost care to keep the egg warm, to nurture her baby’s growth inside the egg’s shell.
And one day, the egg showed its first crack. Her joy knew no bounds! It took all of her being to wait patiently for her baby to crack that shell completely and peep out of it.
And when it happened, she knew all the wait was worth it. She looked at her beloved baby and promised herself to care for it with all she’s got.
Every morning she woke up way before her son and went in search of food for him. She made sure that by the time he woke up she’d brought him his food.
She played with him all day and told him many stories.
Then it was time for him to learn to fly.
I don’t want him to leave me and go, she thought. But she knew it was the right thing to do.
Reluctantly, she began to teach him to spread his wings and flap them. She helped him strengthen the muscles in his wings.
Moreover, the joy she saw in his eyes every time they had flight lessons made all her reluctance go away.
Then it was time. Time for him to fly away from home. Her heart broke as she watched him prepare to leave. She knew instinctively that she had to be strong for both of them.
She smiled as she said, “My child, it’s time for you to take flight and go where God leads you. And remember, no matter where you are, I will always love you.”
The son had no words. But with these parting words uttered by his mother engraved deeply in his heart, he took off from the nest, the only home he ever knew, to go where God wants him to go.
Sure, it is difficult to let go of those you love, especially your children. But God has greater plans for your loved ones than you can offer them by holding them back. Submit your loved ones to Him who taught you to love and He knows best how to make your love take flight!